Structure of SCO

 

    • The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO
      • It meets once a year and adopts decisions and guidelines on all important matters of the organisation
    • The SCO Heads of Government Council (HGC) meets once a year to discuss the organisation’s multilateral cooperation strategy and priority areas, to resolve current important economic and other cooperation issues, and also to approve the organisation’s annual budget
    • In addition to HSC and HGC meetings, there is also a mechanism of meetings
      • at the level of heads of parliament
      • secretaries of Security Councils
      • ministers of foreign affairs, defence, emergency relief, economy, transport, culture, education, and healthcare
      • heads of law enforcement agencies and supreme and arbitration courts; and prosecutors general
    • The Council of National Coordinators of SCO Member States (CNC) acts as the SCO coordination mechanism.
    • The organisation has two permanent bodies — the SCO Secretariat based in Beijing and the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) based in Tashkent